Thomas Wells

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Thomas Wells
Posted 8 months ago
Improve all democracies in the world, implement the Negative Vote.
I'm not sure how negative voting would actually effect the outcomes of elections, but I think it would make negative campaigning tactics rampant. I understand why you think it would do the opposite, but in the US it's rare for negative campaigning to be met with backlash on a large scale. Ideally, a negative voting system would allow the electorate to be accurately represented. The problem is that it gives politicians a much greater incentive to have extremely negative campaigns to have the most undecided voters go out and down vote a demonized candidate. It's hard to like any politician, and it's really easy to hate them. I think that requiring voters to vote for two different parties would solve that problem much better. By requiring two votes, the interests of highly mobilized extremist parties is negated because they will most likely vote for a more moderate party with similar beliefs. The problem with this approach is that it makes it near impossible for fringe parties to gain power, but it would certainly bring a more reasonable voice to political discourse. At the same time however, it gives fringe parties far more influence on elections, forcing major parties to break party lines to appeal to them.
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Thomas Wells
Posted 8 months ago
advertising is useless and sometimes harmful
I agree that, as a web browser, advertising is often useless. I can't remember the last time I clicked on an ad link and actually bought anything. But advertising is incredibly useful for the internet as a whole because it's the economic foundation of the internet. Much of the information on the internet is provided out of personal interest, like wikipedia. But a large portion of internet content, especially relatively high cost productions like videos and software, only exist because of the incentive that advertising revenue provides. The only revenue companies like google, facebook and twitter have to maintain servers, buildings, and pay employees comes from advertising. Those hidden viruses in software downloads aren't so essential to expanding the information available on the internet, but I think that, like real viruses, we quickly adapt to them once we feel the effects. Like any situation where we're dealing with other minds, we need to be able to pick up on when something is too good to be true, or just isn't quite right. It's not uncommon for people to have a gut feeling about a webpage when they look at it. It's easy to pick up on things like how the content is generated and whether there's an active community that voluntarily supports the site. It's important for people to be able to read the intentions of a website because, like a real virus, a natural immunity is much more valuable in a populace than a vaccine.